Planning Division

The Planning Division works with communities throughout the County to build trust and relationships to meet community needs and realize the County's goals and vision of creating safe, healthy and sustainable communities. 

The Planning Division practices a multi-faceted approach to sustainable growth management and planning with a specific focus on the following topics:

  • community and district planning
  • affordable housing initiatives
  • agriculture and ranching initiatives
  • capital improvements planning
  • food system development
  • open space/trails/parks initiatives
  • cultural and natural resource management
  • transportation planning and initiatives

To view the Sustainable Growth Management Plan (SGMP), please click here.

Community Planning – The community planners work on a variety of activities and issues including community planning, public participation through the establishment and coordination of Community Organizations (COs) and Registered Organizations (ROs). Planning staff also coordinate with communities and organizations in the implementation of the Agriculture and Ranching Implementation Plan. Planning staff also offers expertise related to environmental and natural resource planning, historic and cultural resource/preservation planning, food systems planning and land use related issues. 

Community Organizations and Registered Organizations (CO/RO program) - The Sustainable Land Development Code created a mechanism for communities to become established COs and ROs in order to receive notifications about development proposals. Find out if your community is eligible to apply.

Open Space and Trails Planning – The open space and trails planner performs long range planning, development review and project development for the Open Space and Trails Program, which includes approximately 6,600 acres of County-owned property (26 Open Space properties) and approximately 46 miles of trails.  Staff also serves as liaison to the County Open Lands, Trails and Parks Advisory Committee (COLTPAC). The vision of the Open Space and Trails Program is to create a network of cultural, historical, recreational and natural open spaces and trails throughout Santa Fe County.

Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program - The Santa Fe County TDR Program is a voluntary, incentive-based, market-driven approach to preserving agricultural land, open space and other critical resources while encouraging development in designated growth areas. The goal of the TDR program is to provide public benefit through the permanent protection of areas in Santa Fe County with high conservation values. The TDR Bank is a critical part of the TDR program which provides a reliable source of TDRs and a perpetual revolving fund to purchase TDRs from qualified property owners.

AgriGate of Santa Fe County - This online platform supports connections between food producers, food buyers and resource providers in the Santa Fe County regional food community. Through the creation of profiles, a searchable map on the website allows individuals to search for specific products, or growing practices, to locate businesses in the area and expand the food community network. 

Transportation Planning  - The transportation planner assists in the development, interpretation, presentation, and coordination of County transportation goals, policies, and strategies. This position also serves as the staff liaison with the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and its subcommittees.

Contact Planning

Planning Manager
Brett Clavio

Planning Team Leader, Open Space & Trails
Adeline Murthy 

Planning Team Leader, Capital Planning
Maxx Hendren 

Planning Team Leader, TDR Program
Herbert Foster

Senior Transportation Planner
Ben Bachwirtz-Lopez, AICP

Senior GIS Planner
Valerie Rangel

Senior Community Planner
Nate Crail

Community Planner
Joseph Scala

Open Space Resource Management Specialist
Monica Harmon

Open Space Interpretive Ranger
Rose Masters